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Heart Valve Treatments and Services at UPMC in Central Pa.

With advances in medicine, treating heart valve conditions continues to change dramatically. The valve experts at UPMC in Central Pa. provides rapid evaluation and care by a team comprised of cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, cardiologists specializing in imaging, cardiovascular nurses and technicians

Why choose UPMC in Central Pa. for treatment of heart valve disease?

Our cardiovascular specialists are some of the most experienced in the region, completing thousands of aortic and mitral valve procedures. This area of heart valve care is known as structural heart. Our team of structural heart specialists offers:

  • State-of-the-art options for heart valve repair and replacement
  • Access to advanced clinical trials
  • Comprehensive management of heart valve disorders from diagnosis through treatment
  • A single point of contact for your heart valve care
  • Coordination of procedures, tests, screenings, and specialist appointments with your convenience in mind

See how we diagnose heart valve disease.

Minimally Invasive Treatments for Heart Valve Disease

  • Valvuloplasty. Balloon valvuloplasty is a nonsurgical procedure to repair a narrowed heart valve. During the procedure, a special catheter (hollow tube) is threaded into a blood vessel in your groin and guided into your heart. The catheter, which contains a deflated balloon, is inserted into your narrowed heart valve. Once in place, the balloon is inflated to stretch the valve open, and then removed.
  • MitraClip®. MitraClip is a device that is used to treat mitral regurgitation by clipping the mitral valve together. Your surgeon will insert the device through a blood vessel in your groin and guide it to your heart.
  • TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement). TAVR is a procedure used to replace your aortic valve and treat aortic stenosis. UPMC in Central Pa. was the first hospital in the region to offer catheter-based replacement of aortic valves.
  • Right chest minimally invasive mitral valve repair ("mini-mitral"). Our surgeons are pioneers in new, less-invasive approaches for mitral valve repair surgery. This procedure accesses your mitral valve through a three-inch incision on the right side of your chest without cutting your breastbone.
  • Intercostal surgical valve replacement (iSVR). iSVR is a minimally invasive procedure that can be used to treat conditions of the aortic, mitral, and tricuspid valves. Your surgeon can access your valves through a one-and-a-half-inch incision in your chest without cutting your breastbone.
  • Abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysm repair or replacement (AAA/TAA/EVAR/TEVAR). Our surgeons can treat aortic aneurysms using minimally invasive, catheter-based endovascular techniques or traditional open surgery.

Surgical Procedures for Heart Valve Disease

  • Heart valve repair or replacement. Our surgeons perform traditional open-chest valve repair and replacement. Whenever possible, our skilled surgeons will recommend repairing your valve. However, if your valve is too damaged to be repaired, your doctor will recommend valve replacement.
  • Single, double, or triple valve surgery with or without heart bypass grafts. UPMC in Central Pa. cardiac surgeons are experienced in complex surgeries involving multiple valve replacements and/or repairs.
  • Aortic root surgery with or without aortic valve preservation (David procedure). During a valve-sparing aortic root replacement procedure (David procedure), your surgeon will remove the ascending aorta and coronary arteries just above the aortic valve, and a synthetic graft will be attached with small stitches. The coronary arteries also will be reattached to the synthetic graft. This eliminates the need to replace the valve with a mechanical valve. However, in certain situations your surgeon may replace your aortic valve during aortic root surgery.
  • Hybrid arch debranching. Hybrid arch debranching treats aortic aneurysms without requiring the use of a heart-lung bypass machine.

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Our Providers


UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
Located at Brady Building
205 South Front Street
4th floor
Harrisburg, PA 17104

Phone: 717-231-8555
Fax: 717-231-8568 

UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
16324 Mount Airy Road
Lower Level
Shrewsbury, PA 17361

Phone: 717-849-5576
Fax: 717-718-9972

UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
1600 6th Avenue
Suite 105
York, PA 17403

Phone: 717-849-5576
Fax: 717-718-9972 

UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
1555 Highlands Drive
Suite 100
Lititz, PA 17543

Phone: 717-299-5000
Fax: 717-431-1205 

UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute (formerly Cardiac Consultants)
1697 Crown Avenue
Suite 100
Lancaster, PA 17601

Phone: 717-299-5000
Fax: 717-431-1205

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